The best photos from the week in sports: 9/1 - 9/8

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Sports photos of the week: 9/1 - 9/8
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Sports photos of the week: 9/1 - 9/8
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: Michael Taylor #3 of the Washington Nationals catches a fly ball hit by Andres Blanco #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning at Nationals Park on September 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs stiff arms Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots as he runs for a 4-yard rushing touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Venus Williams of the US returns the ball to her compatriot Sloane Stephens during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles Semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies is caught stealing as Gavin Cecchini #2 of the New York Mets gets set to make the tag during the third inning of a game at Citi Field on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
RIGA, LATVIA - SEPTEMBER 7: Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov of Russia compete in the Junior Pairs Short Program during day 1 of the Riga Cup ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Volvo Sports Centre on September 7, 2017 in Riga, Latvia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Fans hold towels depicting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wearing a clown nose during the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during their fourth round Men's Singles match on Day Eight of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Russia's Maria Sharapova serves the ball to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova during their 2017 US Open Qualifying Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 3: Tamas Priskin #19 of Hungary wins the ball in the air from Fabio Coentrao #5 of Portugal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Hungary and Portugal at Groupama Arena on September 3, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 02: Wide receiver Kyle Anthony #81 of the Howard Bison makes a touchdown reception against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David J. Becker/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 02: Malek Young #12 of the Miami Hurricanes returns a kick during a game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts as John Jaso #28 slides safely past Stuart Turner #32 of the Cincinnati Reds to score in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on September 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers holds his head in this hand shortly after leaving the game in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 5: Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on September 5, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 4: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after walking in the ninth inning with the bases loaded that gave the Rockies the 4-3 victory as Nick Hundley #5 of the San Francisco Giants walks off the field and fans cheer at Coors Field on September 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Tennis - US Open - Quarterfinals - New York, U.S. - September 6, 2017 - CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tennis - US Open - New York, U.S. - September 4, 2017 - Sweat falls from Rafael Nadal of Spain during his fourth round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) forces out Chicago Cubs center fielder Ian Happ (8) at the second base during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 2, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) attempts to avoid the tag by Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Eric Sogard (18) but was called out trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Kazakhstan vs Montenegro - Astana, Kazakhstan - September 1, 2017 Montenegro's Stevan Jovetic in action REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Juancho Hernangomez (L) of Spain vies with Rolland Torok of Romania during Group C of the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 mens basketball match between Spain and Romania in Cluj Napoca city September 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)
OSLO, NORWAY - SEPTEMBER 01:Haitam Aleesami, Joshua King, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Sander Berge, Haavard Nordtveit of Norway celebrates goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Norway and Azerbaijan at Ullevaal Stadion on September 1, 2017 in Oslo, . (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)
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The NFL season has barely begun and already the New England Patriots' projected 19-0 season has been ruined. 

The Patriots kicked off the 2017 season at home against Kansas City but suffered a crushing loss at the hands of Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt. 

Elsewhere in sports, Venus Williams was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the semifinals after facing off against fellow American Sloane Stephens. 

Major League Baseball continues to near the end of its season with races for playoff spots heating up -- especially since the dominant Los Angeles Dodgers have begun to cool down. 

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these events and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best shots from the coming week's action. 

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